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Benicio Del Toro confirms Star Wars: Episode VIII villain talks

08.14.2015
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Last month it was reported that Benicio Del Toro was in talks with Disney and Lucasfilm for the role of the villain in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII. Discussions were still in the early stages but apparently both studios were keen to sign the actor for the role. Neither the studio nor the actor had commented on the possibility...until now. Benicio Del Toro confirmed the reports while speaking with Entertainment Tonight during Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet and seemed optimistic that the deal would go through:

I can’t tell you much about it but I think it might happen. It looks like it’s gonna happen so I’m very excited. I can’t talk too much about it. The script is hard to get. They told me they’d cut my finger if I talk about it.

Benicio Del Toro, who was ten years old when the first Star Wars hit theaters, mentioned how impressed he was by its characters, story, and message; the actor said that "I saw the original one when it came out and it marked me." As a big fan of Del Toro, having him join the Star Wars franchise in any capacity would be great news, but stepping into the shoes of a brand new Star Wars baddie? Count me in. STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII, directed by Rian Johnson, should begin shooting early next year for a May 26, 2017 release. Benicio Del Toro's next film will be the exceptional looking SICARIO.

Now that things are looking a little more certain than they were a month ago, how do you feel about Benicio Del Toro joining STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII?

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4:04AM on 08/15/2015
Would be an awesome Sith I reckon, I'd love to see Darth Plagious make an appearance somewhere in this new trilogy
Would be an awesome Sith I reckon, I'd love to see Darth Plagious make an appearance somewhere in this new trilogy
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2:35AM on 08/15/2015
Awesome, he's a bad mother fucker.
Awesome, he's a bad mother fucker.
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7:00PM on 08/14/2015

spoilers?

Doesn't this sort of imply that Kylo Ren, General Hux, and/or Captain Phasma don't survive ep. XII?
Doesn't this sort of imply that Kylo Ren, General Hux, and/or Captain Phasma don't survive ep. XII?
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7:17PM on 08/14/2015
A) no
B) In a sci fi/fantasy film like this you can typically surmise the villain will be defeated/killed
A) no
B) In a sci fi/fantasy film like this you can typically surmise the villain will be defeated/killed
7:31PM on 08/14/2015
this doesn't imply anything at all. By your reasoning, when Empire strikes back came out and they announced that Ian McDiarmed would be playing a "villain". that would be that Darth Vader wouldn't survive episode 4? lol get a clue man.
this doesn't imply anything at all. By your reasoning, when Empire strikes back came out and they announced that Ian McDiarmed would be playing a "villain". that would be that Darth Vader wouldn't survive episode 4? lol get a clue man.
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